Police in Prince George’s County, Maryland, have identified the victim whose dismembered remains were found on Aug. 24 jammed into two separate trash bags near garbage dumpsters at an apartment complex in Laurel, Maryland, as Jacinto Perez, 28, of Laurel. As of earlier today, police have not yet identified a motive for the dismemberment of the young man, or determined where he was killed, according to ABC News.
Officers with the Prince George’s County Police Department “made the grisly discovery near the Arden Pointe apartments in the 8800 block of Enfield Court near Contee Road and Edinburgh Lane,” after receiving a call around 9:40 a.m. yesterday. Investigators wearing protective clothing, along with police cadaver dogs, are still searching the immediate vicinity where Perez’s remains were discovered. Others assisting in the investigation include cadets and other officers searching through the dumpsters at the apartment complex looking for additional body parts belonging to the victim.
In addition to the mystery surrounding who placed Perez’s cut up body parts into those trash bags, and why, little is known about the victim, except his identity and the fact that the only family member he has living in the area is a brother. Reportedly, Perez had no known gang affiliations.
Police are still trying to figure out how the bags got there and what happened to the victim. So far, no motive or suspects have been identified. ~ WBAL TV
Two women who live at the Arden Pointe Apartments in Laurel found the remains originally, and came away from the discovery site screaming. Police were called immediately afterwards, according to Fox News. Residents from the apartment complex said that the trash bags were sitting out in plain sight, “not hidden, like they were meant to be found perhaps to send a message.”
“Officers received a call in reference to a welfare check, also in reference to a body in a bag. Also, when officers arrived on scene they found a second bag with body parts in it,” said Officer Nicole Hubbard, with Prince Georges County Police.
NBC News reported that investigators have also searched through 39 unoccupied apartments at the complex hoping to determine the crime scene. Anyone with any information about the case is asked to call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s homicide unit at 301-772-4925. Tipsters can also contact Crime Solvers at 866-411-TIPS.